Saturday’s racing tips – 7/2 shot our NAP of the day at Aintree with Virgin Bet

Diomede Des Mottes (right) crossed the line at Sandown.Diomede Des Mottes (right) crossed the line at Sandown.

Our expert takes a look through all of Saturday’s races and highlights a strong challenger in a Pertemps Qualifier at Aintree as his NAP of the day with Virgin Bet.

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2:40pm Pertemps Network (Supporting BTRC) Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Hurdle Series Qualifier) Cl2 (4yo+) 3m½f ITV4

Skandiburg has potential for growth over three miles and ran very well when second on his reappearance. Bialco shouldn’t be underestimated either, but I’m going to side with the Skeltons again and back DIOMEDE DES MOTTES.

After an underwhelming start to life as a novice hurdler, Skelton’s charge claimed a pair of impressive victories either side of a summer break. On his search for a hat-trick, Diomede Des Mottes entered a red-hot renewal of the Grade Two Persian War Novices’ Hurdle and was staying on gamely back in fourth as Thyme Hill and Fiddlerontheroof fought out the finish.

Stepping back up to three-miles should definitely suit, as will the softer underfoot conditions and I fancy Diomede Des Mottes will prove his class with just 11-3 in the saddle.

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